Diversity Matters Exhibition 2016: The Exhibitors

Diversity Matters is proud to present an exhibition fusing art, music, and film to celebrate and promote diversity and the discussion on race matters. Exhibitors, also from diverse backgrounds, include UAL students and staff as well as external practitioners who’ve applied through our open call.

Join us on the 2nd June for the Private View & Fundraiser for Art4Change and Pianist Without Borders collaboration to support over 300 orphaned Ugandan children in the village of Kironwooza also know as “village of disadvantaged children” (Rakai district, near Masaka district). Find out more on the night! DFT Printing Studios will be proving live screen prints for sale, Russian designer Ekaterina Kudryashova has donated 3 dressed up for auction, piano performances and much more! Free, however your generous donations are welcome! CLICK HERE to book!


Keynote speaker: Stephen Reid – UAL Deputy Vice Chancellor and UAL Race Equality Champion


Travis Alabanza – performance artist

Travis Alabanza – London-based performance artist @travisalabanza
Fabio Tedde/PianistWithoutBorders – Pianist @PianistWithoutBorders
Efe Ikeuseu – Pianist @EfeIkeuseu
Kai Lutterodt – Art4Change/Diversity Matters @makingkai/@diversitymattersuk
DFT Printing Studios live screen printing for sale with profits going towards fundraiser@DFTPrintingStudios
BBC Arts Producer to speak about open call for diverse applicants for BBC Painting Show. CLICK HERE for more.


Melodie Holliday:

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Mother Country – Melodie Holliday

Mother Country: “My piece explores the place in which an ethnic group holds a long history or deep cultural association. It poses questions as well as answers and highlights potential conflicts of cultures. Within the British Empire many natives in the colonies, as a result of propoganda came to think of England as the “ Mother Country” However this view was not shared by many in Britain, leading to racial tension as immigration increased. The piece also considers who I am as a human being and also cross references current tensions caused by recent immigration issues presented to us in the News.”- Foundation Course Tutor at LCC

Mariana Gordan:


African Sunrise – Mariana Gordan

“One of my landscape paintings from the ‘Twilight’ series , depicting a Sunrise instead of a Sunset…after contemplating the vastness of the Universe at night, The Sun brings back the landscape and the ground we stand on. The joy of awakening to appreciating what we have!… The indefatigable African spirit!” – External creative practitioner

Find out more about Mariana Gordan: www.marianagordan.com

Erwin Michalec:


AFROTYKHIERA – Erwin Michalec

“Diversity and combining seemingly contradictory cultures is visible trademark of all art of Erwin Michalec. His art has mixed media of ethnic influences. Erwin is fascinated with Haitian Voodoo and the connection between Poland and Haiti. Inspiration from Caribbean and African culture has become a signature element in his work, also throughout his his fashion collections. He plays with the idea of combining ancient mechanism with African culture, “What would happen if Leonardo Da Vinci lived in ancient Africa?” he poses and this idea is a subject of art work submitted for the exhibition of Diversity Matters.” External creative practitioner

Find out more: www.erwinmichalec.com

Lucretia Sexcius


Endangered Species – Lucretia Sexcius

“The first piece is titled, ‘Endangered Species’. It consists of a cap and a pair of trainers, which are covered in hair. The piece is designed to highlight the fact that Black males are much more likely to suffer violent deaths than any other group, within the UK and the US. The items are displayed in a perspex box, placed on a small plinth, suggesting that the box is housing a precious artifact. However, the space inside the box is inadequate ,leaving the items cramped and in a perpetual state of discomfort.

The second piece is titled, ‘Re-positioning Status’ and consists of a cloak which is made from synthetic hair and braids.The idea was to create an object that possessed an air of Regalness,  whilst at the same time generating a sense of discomfort. The cloak is  positioned, facing  the the corner, leaving the cloaks status in question.” – BA Fine Art, CSM

Nia Hefe Filiogianni: 


Reclaiming What’s Left – Nia Hefe Filiogianni

“In the last year I have been experimenting with different art practices based on feminism. Two months ago I started making illustrations for the first time and the theme was feminism based on my experiences in London the last 10 months. Developing my own approach on feminism, I started addressing cat-calling, street harassment and slut-shaming.

Having faced catcalling, street harassment and slut-shaming in London, I wanted my work to get people closer to a problem that is repeatedly happening. We must spread the message, support each other and give a feeling of empowerment to help us have a voice, raise our hands up and speak up for ourselves. Feminism is the absolute unity, diversity and self-respect.” – MA Communication Design, CSM.

Find out more at: www.niahefefiliogianni.com

Riah Charles:

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Hattie’s Relief – Riah Charles

“My work subtly comments on individuality, a quality often denied to black women through stereotypes. The mirroring image highlights how no-one else can fit into my outline or the same mould.” – BA Fine Art, CSM

Find out more at: www.cargocollective.com/riahjocelyn

Kershaw Lawrence:


Vessels – Kershaw Lawrence

“Kershaw’s sacred objects, known as vessels, aim to absorb traditional African and Afro-Caribbean sacred object making practises, reconfiguring these ideals into an individual and yet duelled mode of practice. A practice that is at once his own, and yet reawakens within him a bloodline of mystery and magic. Kershaw’s vessels are objects of ritual output, journeys that unite a duality between two worlds, red (hot) and black (cool), darkness and light, matter and energy. Kershaw is ripped apart by this divide, unable to claim what is real. A vessels production literally binds together this divide to form one reality, Kershaw’s truth. The vessels are made from a sorcerer’s brew of materials (bone, hair, wood, bodily fluids, rusted/junk metals and precious metals, sugar and herbs, etcetera).” – BA Drawing, Wimbledon

Find out more: r-e-d-b-l-a-c-k.com 

Roshnee Desai: 

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Cover Up – Roshnee Desai

Cover Up is a short film about an Indian girl’s subconscious speaking while she travels through an Indian City at night. It gives viewers a peek into the thoughts and mentalities of a culture in patriarchy and a society that demands you follow its invisible rules.

Roshnee Desai, a LCC alumna, is a multi-media designer and motion film artist from India. She is currently the Design Lead and Channel Director at Culture Machine. Her work has been featured by BBC Radio, Vogue India, France 5, amongst others.

Find out more: www.roshneedesai.com or email: roshneedesai@gmail.com

Jacqui Ennis Cole:


Unitone – Jacqui Ennis Cole

“Jacqueline Ennis-Cole began her learning journey at UAL Wimbledon in 2015. These drawing meditations are a way of navigating her gaze towards the continent of Africa where she will be holding a participatory art residency with a group of single parent mothers. East Africa the place where she will journey, often referred to as the cradle of civilisation. She would like to share the transformative benefits of drawing and making with groups that would not normally be able to access the resources, time or space to engage.” – MA Drawing, Wimbledon

Julius Reuben:

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Deception – Julius Reuben

“Deception is a story of a young woman who was robbed her innocence, youth and her woman hood for sake of a men ritual of love(lust). The whole collection was a journey of finding her self and her worthiness in society of men

I wanted to use a fabulous black woman, as growing up I saw my grandmother, mother and aunties becoming independent strong women. Independent strong women of colour tend to fight many battle and this is why they were my inspiration.

You will see i use a lot of thick fabrics and a few soft fabrics which are african inspired to show the strength of a woman. I used three colours to show the stages of her becoming.” -Julius Reuben, external creative. Photography by Erik Erxon, Model Kai Lutterodt

Find out more at: www.Juliusreuben.com /www.Juliusreuben.co.uk and www.erikerxon.com

Michael Bryan:


Sea View – Michael Byan

“Seaview”: relates to the Africville church which was reconstructed in 2002 as part of an apology to the African Nova Scotian community in Canada. Africville was a town on the outskirts of Halifax and was the dumping ground for the city’s facilities, before it was razed to the ground in the 1970s. The church was the community’s heart and has still stood to this day.

The painting is abstract as the story isn’t well known outside Canada so this is my contribution to widening the debate over representation in the arts. Art subjects no longer need to be “overtly black” for this to happen.

The research into the church formed part of the MEAD application that was as a result of Diversity Matters networking evening.” – MA Fine Art, CSM

Laura Alston:

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Waves: The AfroBaby Zine – Laura Alston

Waves: The Afrobaby Zine: The first zine of the brand Afrobaby Movement, is a visual fusion of art, natural hair, and hip hop with content spanning from a rapper wordsearch to a hair moisturizer recipe. For more information on what the Afrobaby Movement brand is about. – BA Graphic Design, CSM

Find out more visit: www.Afrobabymovement.com

Christina Marshall:

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Christina Marshall

“Conscious vs the unconscious mindset is a handmade piece of work which is related to the idea of my epileptic condition (mental health condition), and how it affects my personal experiences which can display myself of feeling different, nervous and scared because of this.

Within this piece of work I would like people to be more aware of what I am going through and allowing people to see my thoughts and feelings that I feel which can have an effect on who I am. I tend to write handwritten poems to reveal myself more because sometimes I can be incredibly shy to actually speak my voice out as to how I am feeling. This piece will be about A3 size and will be hand stitched with fabrics of words from my poems” – BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts


Hanna Puskarz:


Convergence – Hanna Puskarz

‘Convergence’ explores the topic of race and gender. Me and the team, that I created the shoot with, wanted to go against standard notions about sexualising female gender and also experiment with the position of races within the society. – BA Fashion Photography, LCF

Styling: Anna Stepanova
Makeup: Rachel Freeman
Models: Yvonne Chibueze, Drew Shearwood, Raphael Blanco
Stylist’s assistant: Bren Morey
Designers: Dan & Shan, Kimberley Megan, Pocket London


Find out more at www.hannapuskarz.com

Lulu Ishaq:


Lulu Ishaq

The collection was part of my graduate work (2015),and explores to what extent does our true individual reality creep through the rigid social structure, expectation and cultural norms? This concept is a culmination of an exploration of the struggle between individuality and conformity, breaking down the illusion of a single identity and embracing the multi-facetted being.

I think this would work hand in hand with the issue of diversity and address what essentially is a complex and highly theoretical issue in a visual manner.

Ange Mukeza:

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#Wonderworld – Ange Mukeza

#Nomadic Community gardens is part of the of the #Wonderworld series of paintings are created through a collaboration between the artist and the public. The location is always changing making it site specific.This  allows a diverse group of different communities the opportunity to participate and gain an insight into the artist process. The title relates to the site and/or community where each painting was created.

“I use distinctive symbols in my paintings repetitively and obsessively. These are made up of 10 individual fragments inspired by the bright and bold patterns of African traditional dress and symbols of the written word from around the world. These fragments represent the elements of the ‘other’, and help the viewer understand that they have now crossed over into a different reality called ‘WonderWorld’

‘WonderWorld’ is a world that I have created to  exist as a safe environment for all to escape and just be, whilst enjoying and exploring the beauty around us.” External creatve practioner.

Find out more at: www.ange-mukeza.co.uk

Riccardo Girardi:


Piano 4 Auction – Riccardo Girardi

Acclaimed Italian artist Riccardo Girardi generously offered to voluntarily redesign a piano which will be sold at auction with all profits going towards Pianist With Borders and Art 4 Change awareness tour to support over 300 orphans in the Ugandan village of Kirowooza in Rakai district (near Masaka District/town).

Riccardo’s philosophy comes from a wide range of experiences that lead him to take difficult decisions in life. Women are a recurring theme, for the majority of people women are an enigma. To Riccardo, they are like an open book. He understands them immediately not without great emotional conflicts, though. His work often deals with social and political themes. He believes in art as a weapon to influence society.

Precision using ballpoint pen and pencil are the simple tools required by Riccardo to create masterpieces of art.

Find out more at: www.ledame.co.uk/riccardo-girardi

Tamika Kawabuchi:


Tamika Kawabuchi


“My work explores art diversity, music, drawing techniques, chemistry and love. It’s a melting pot with Japanese and African influences. Before moving to London I had never had to question diversity. Now it’s all around me.” – External creative practitioner, interior designer at Foster + Partners

Annie-Marie Akussah


Albino, After Eric Nehr – Annie-Marie Akussah

“I am addressing the issue concerning the ritualistic violence that people with albinism suffer in several parts of East Africa and the verbal violence suffered within West Africa and other parts of the world.

I grew interest in this when it was exposed and emerged in international news over 3 years ago. I continued to develop my ideas mentally, and only physically started making paintings about it recently. My paintings began to accentuate the sadistic acts and murders taking place by flaunting their beauty whiles drawing attention to the fleeting media attention that these stories receive.

As I continue to respond to this issue I find myself very interested in the subject of colour. I want to create a moment where the audience steps closer to enjoy and appreciate colour. It’s the journey to find skin tones that I get excited about. As a painter, I would like to create a moment to appreciate colour and to point out the discrimination they face within our own race and the global community.” – BA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts

Alexi Salfate


Lion – Alexi Salfate

Alexi is a Chilean-born artist living in Brazil. His interest in art started as a child using graphite pencil and colouring pencils to create his works. He was inspired by artists like Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet (French artists), which had a great influence on his art. A couple of his favourite techniques are airbrushing on acrylic material and using oil paints. – External creative practitioner

Dorcas Magbadelo & Kai Lutterodt

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Illustrations by Dorcas Creates inspired by “Diversity Matters: Let’s Talk About Race”

Kai Lutterodt, founder of Diversity Matters commissioned Dorcas Magbadelo to design illustrations inspired by her “Diversity Matters: Let’s Talk About Race” short film of interviews which was previewed during Diversity Matters Awareness Week 2016. Dorcas Magbadelo is a British-Nigerian creative and founder of Dorcas Creatives; creating thoughtful illustrations based on women of colour.

The images exhibited are characterised loosely on some of the students and staff who shared their views on what diversity means to them, and how it is reflected in the learning environment.

Find out more about Dorcas Creates: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DorcasCreates Find out more about Kai Lutterodt: http://www.diversity-matters.org.uk/about-kai

Supported by University of the Arts London – Teaching and Learning Exchange, GEMS (UAL BAME staff network), SUARTSDFT Printing Studio, and Dorcas Creates.



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